The Demon Barbers opened the Spiegeltent for the Harrogate International Festival yesterday evening (28 July) bringing their blend of high-energy folk music to the centre of Harrogate.
The Spiegeltent was bought into the country specially for the festival and only just being up in time for the opening performance. It will be a feature in Crescent Gardens until Sunday.
A Spiegeltent is a Belgium travelling entertainments tent, normally with mirrors and stained glass. Harrogate’s didn’t disappoint – a bar with cheap drinks, somewhere comfortable to sit and entertainment!
The Demon Barbers are an eclectic blend. Bringing traditional folk music and at times fusing it with a ska beat or even some scratching supplied courtesy of DJ Wax On. Clog dancers and morris dancers provided added visuals and rhythm to many of their songs and everyone was more than a little surprised by the sword dance complete with back flips.
The evening was pure entertainment, whether you were a folk music fan there was something to engage you – mission complete yet again by the HIF to bring something different to the Harrogate people.
The Festival continues this weekend with this weekend with the New York Brass band and Benoit Viellefon & His Orchestra in the Spiegeltent. The Czech National Symphony Orchestra are also playing the Royal Hall.
For details of the other Harogate Internationl Festival events see the events listings